That long-anticipated Diver Bar & Grill is open in Henderson Center, and doing well, from what we saw on Friday. Contrary to what you would think from the name, it is neither a dive bar nor a seafood restaurant. It’s a killer pizza place in a town that is probably over-supplied with pizza. But The Diver rules.
We showed up at 1pm and the place was half-full. Service was cheery and prompt. Besides pizza, they have a GOOD chowder, along with salads and burgers, They have mussels! which are not that common on Eureka menus. But the pizza is the thing. It’s wood-fired and light as a feather. Putting that pizza oven in must have been a real project but worth the wait. I haven’t had pizza this good since we got takeout from Blaze in Chicago, back in October.
I had the bacon and spinach. I took most of it home since I’d already had the chowder. It heated up well. I would order it again. My friend had the Buffalo chicken pizza. She wanted to send it back because it was “burned”. I explained that “wood-fired” is not going to look like Papa Murphy’s and after she tried it, she liked it.
Sean, the owner, circulated among the tables. They have a good selection of beers and I had a decent iced tea. The pizzas run about $14, the chowder was $6. The dinner menu, only available after 5pm, includes a rib eye for $24 and they have seafood items du jour.
The place was almost full again when we left. We will be back. The Diver is here to stay. When you go, be sure to check out the ceiling!
The Diver is at 2824 F Street, phone is 798-6184.